FedEx Cup overhaul includes $15 million to Tour champ

TOUR Championship: Power ranking all 30 players at East Lake

TOUR Championship: Power ranking all 30 players at East Lake

ATLANTA-The biggest payday in golf is getting bigger.

The prize money given to next year's FedEx Cup victor has been increased by $5million while those who perform well in the regular season will also benefit from a new incentive program.

Players earn FedEx Cup points throughout the season (major championships count double), and the top 125 players in August gain entry into the play-offs and retain/earn their Tour cards.

The FedEx Cup has been the de facto Order of Merit tournament for the PGA Tour for over a decade.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA - With the upcoming 2018-19 PGA TOUR schedule reflecting previously announced, significant structural changes, PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan today unveiled further innovations that elevate the entire FedExCup season - from the Regular Season through the FedExCup Playoffs and ultimately, at the Playoffs Finale, the TOUR Championship. The total prize pool will be an astounding $60 million.

"Compared to the current system, the beauty here is in the simplicity", Monahan said Tuesday.

The changes include a more compact schedule next season that ends August 25, a week before football begins.

TOUR Championship: Power ranking all 30 players at East Lake

Being extremely analytical by nature, Horschel noted that he won the Tour Championship with a score of 11 under and the last two champions won at 12 under. The FedExCup Playoffs have been reduced from four to three events beginning next season. Right behind Thomas are Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, who are listed at 9-1. But starting next year, points will not be reset.

The third ranked player will start at seven under par, with fourth and fifth place in the standings starting at six and five under respectively.

This goes on until the player at 30th starts on even par. 26-30 start at even par.

The other 25 players in the field have to win and have a series of results fall in their favour.

However, any player in the top five is guaranteed the overall title with victory. "And we have no doubt it will create a compelling, dramatic conclusion for the Tour's ultimate prize".

He added: "You could just be shot out of the tournament really, because if you start nine or 10 back and shoot a couple over the first day your week is realistically done". Since 2008, the tournament winner's score has been between 7-under and 13-under.

A year ago, Xander Schauffele won the Tour Championship and Justin Thomas, the runner-up, won the FedEx Cup. "No system in any sport is ever going to be flawless, and the Tour has done such a great job of talking to us and trying to get it as good as possible". The fans? Well, you can bank on them tuning in more to see who that money may be going to, not how much. "So we wanted it to be something that our players embraced and fully supported". I liked the way that it is now, but like anything, you're just going to have to get used to it and we're just going to have to become comfortable with it because that's the way it is.

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